Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - mars-4:hrs04TRAN2167_090430.1 - Rayburn 2167 - Coal Combustion Waste Storage and Water Quality (Part 1 of 2) - Mr. Boozman: This hearing continues what is becoming an all too familiar refrain from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: the declining state of our nation's infrastructure. While public and private utilities have safely operated approximately 600 coal ash sites for decades with only a few documented failures, the spill at the TVA Kingston site once again reminded us of the damages that can occur when infrastructure is taken for granted. Homes were rendered uninhabitable, water mains and gas lines had ruptured, and nearby neighborhoods had to be evacuated. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it is my sincere hope that what occurred at the Kingston coal ash disposal site was an isolated incident. Additional laws or federal regulations would probably not have prevented this terrible accident. New laws and regulations will not replace homes, family treasures, heirlooms, or other personal property lost as a result of the Kingston spill.
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